Costumes made/modeled by Yaya between 1999 - now.

Princess Kushinada - Orion

Why I chose to make this costume:

I have since long been a great fan of Masamune Shirow's work and was suggested Kushinada as a project years ago. I had been too busy to think about it until I found some beautiful Asian fabric that just begged to be used. As Dragoncon approached, I thought it would be fun to kick out this costume to wear.

How I made this costume:

While inspired by the first reference picture to the left (with the headpiece from the second image), I added details and change elements to suit my whim. I made up most of the patterns for this costume. The underbust corset is adored with trim and beading, the bustier, skirt and flaps lined and top-stitched. I sculpted the headpiece and crafted a plastic version of it through molding and casting. Hopefully soon I will find time to finish making all the jewelry, ribbons, etc.

Thoughts on this costume:

This costume makes me feel very elegant, and it''s fun to play with my floating ribbons of doom ^_^

Photographer Oscar Chang and Frameshot

Model Yaya Han

Hair & Makeup Yaya Han

Styling Yaya Han

Date Completed 31 August, 2003

Hours Spent 28

Worn At Dragoncon 2003; Cyberotika Fashion Show, Anime Expo 2004, Ani-magic 2004